One of the best parts about mysteries like Dear David is the fact that, due to the wonders of the internet, they’re interactive. Adam Ellis may be the one running the charge as he updates us on each new development — but as these details about Dear David spotted by clever Twitter users demonstrate, there are plenty of ways for observers to get involved. Indeed, some of the most interesting elements of the ongoing saga have been brought to Ellis’ attention by those following his story.
Of course, not every “find” is really a find; for example, although some followers believed that a blue chair in Ellis’ apartment mysteriously vanished between the two pet cam videos he posted on Aug. 28, that’s actually not the case. It’s true that, in the two screenshots Ellis posted after being alerted to this possible oddity, it does look like a blue chair visible in the video with the moving rocking chair disappeared in the video with the falling turtle shell; however, when I ran the second screenshot through a photo editing program and turned the brightness way up, I found that it’s still there. I think it’s just hard to see in the original because of the lighting. Nor am I the only person to have done this — others brightened up the shot, took a closer look, and found the same thing that I did:
In any event, though, the following details about the alleged ghost child haunting Ellis’ apartment were all originally spotted by folks on Twitter following along — and others will probably continue to be brought to our attention by eagle-eyed Twitter users as well. What’s next? Only time will tell.
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1. Orbs (Maybe)
Craig Donaghy took the photo of the green chair from the empty cart servicing warehouse and did what I did with the blue chair screenshot (that is, he brightened it up a bit). The manipulated image shows a couple of bizarre white globs floating in the background — something which Donaghy points out might or might not be what are known as orbs.
Orbs are thought by some to be “real evidence of spirit presences whereby they are supposed to represent the essence, or soul of a departed spirit,” according to paranormal website Ghostcircle. However, they’re also just as often debunked as being dust particles, lens flare, moisture, and other perfectly rational events, so your mileage may vary.
Someone also thinks they may have spotted a face in the same image:
Although it could just as easily have been shadow and light.
2. This Spooky And Sad Coincidence
In February of 2017, 10-year-old Kaiden Reddick died after a store display barrier fell on him. The incident occurred in Reading in the UK, rather than in New York in the United States, and his name obviously isn’t David — but the sad fact of the matter is that accidents like the one that purportedly happened to Dear David do happen, and they have devastating consequences.
3. The Face In The Polaroid
Not too long after Ellis posted his Polaroid experiments,Twitter user BeardoRunner pointed out something Ellis highlighted in a later tweet: What looks like a face floating the darkness above one of the finger-over-lens comparison shot. I think now is a good time to point out (again) that pareidolia is real; tons of research has shown that humans like to find patterns where there aren’t any. We like to bring order to chaos; we have a hard time dealing with noise. I think it’s likely that this “face” is really just visual noise — something caused by a weird reflection or odd lighting.
To drive that point home, another Twitter user thought they saw something in one of the Polaroids:
But that’s the one Ellis took with his finger over the lens, so it’s a lot less inexplicable than the one on the right that just came out completely black. The finger-over-the-lens picture produced a lot of visual noise (because, well, that’s what happens when you put a soft and squishy human finger over a camera lens — it’s not going to provide a total blackout), which can just as easily be seen as a face.
It’s still pretty creepy, though.
4. The Face In The Selfie
Around the same time Ellis drew our attention to BeardoRunner’s finding, he also pointed out that folks had identified a face (not Ellis’) in the selfie he took before he headed out of town for the weekend on Aug. 12. PsychoKineticEditing looks like the first person to have identified it:
Although again, pareidolia might be at work here — especially given what a few other Twitter users have seen in the image:
(Also, that sequence of tweets is hilarious and makes a terrifying situation slightly less creepy.)
5. The Figure In The Doorway
The original version of this image is one of the Polaroids Ellis posted on Aug. 14 — the one comparing a photo of the hallway he took with his phone with a photo of the hallway he took with the Instax camera. Multiple Twitter users took that image and brightened it up… and when they did, they all found what looks like the outline of a figure standing in the shadows of the doorway:
6. More Stuff In The Polaroids
Above is a zoomed-in view of the picture Ellis took of his bedroom. It doesn’t really look like anything to me, but maybe it’s worth making note of; some folks think it might be a demon:
Another Twitter user also believes there’s an orb in the photo of the front door:
I actually didn’t find I needed to mess around with the brightness levels at all on this one to see what PhoraSale is pointing out; if you open the photo in a new tab and zoom in, you can see the white dot they’re talking about right above the key rack (below the skull, slightly to the left of center). Again, though, your mileage may vary depending on how you feel about orbs.
Are any of these details proof positive that there's an actual, honest-to-goodness haunting going on? Not necessarily, but they sure are creepy. Even though I'm not really a believer, though, I do agree with a lot of other folks on Twitter: ADAM, YOU NEED TO MOVE. Better safe than sorry, right?